Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Note to stanza

7. Anonymous Poems, Lilja, 60 [Vol. 7, 629-31]

[8] á króki ‘on the hook’: Cf. the use of the word krókr in 78/4 and 82/8. In st. 78 the hook is associated with the sin of gluttony. Here, Lucifer’s gluttony for destroying souls causes him to swallow the bait. In st. 82 Lucifer uses his ‘bitter crook’ to capture the souls of the dying and tear them to shreds. Here, he is paradoxically impaled on his own weapon (cf. st. 66).


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